Experiencing cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, heart failure or other conditions can be more than just nerve-racking. Being referred to a cardiologist you have no history with can sometimes compound this stressful situation.
This is why developing a relationship with your cardiologist is a key part of your heart health. Having a comfortable and honest rapport with your doctor increases the odds you will stick to your treatment, come back for follow-up appointments and take the necessary steps to improve your cardiovascular health.
The cardiologists at North Ohio Heart's Norwalk office believe the best doctor-patient relationships have the following qualities:
- Communication: Obtaining a complete health history from you is your new cardiologist’s No. 1 priority. He will want an honest account of your family, social and smoking histories, as well as a list of your previous and current medications and what illnesses or symptoms you take them for. This information will allow your doctor to assess your risk for cardiovascular disease and give you the best care available. It is also important you feel comfortable asking your doctor questions about your condition and treatment. You should always be a part of the decision making process when it comes to any aspect of your health.
- Trust: Always remember your cardiologist is there to help you and guide you through your illness and treatments. Being honest and establishing a degree of comfort will add to the level of care your doctor is able to provide. Being dishonest about certain habits, such as smoking, will only detract from the effectiveness of your treatment and from your doctor-patient relationship.
- Willingness: Treatment does not end once you leave your cardiologist’s office. You must be willing to follow through with the care plan created for you and actively try to improve your own wellbeing. You will need to set goals for yourself and communicate with your doctor about what is and isn’t working. Making the effort to take advice, change habits, take medications and show up for follow-up appointments are simple ways to show your doctor you are willing to work on your health.
At North Ohio Heart, we focus on building strong doctor-patient relationships with everyone who comes to us for treatment.
Effective Aug. 6, 2013, NOH Norwalk physicians will be practicing at their new, convenient Norwalk location:
278 Benedict Ave.
FTMC Medical Park 3, Suite 600
Norwalk, Ohio 44857